That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: A’s get after it as Wild Card tightens; Will Sergio Romo return for 2022?

Oakland A’s reliever Sergio Romo has struggled in his last few outings and blew a save on Sun Sep 19, 2021 in Anaheim will he return for 2022? (file photo Fox Sports)

On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast:

#1 The Oakland A’s are just two games back in the loss column behind two very tough customers the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL Wild Card race with 13 games left for Oakland to go.

#2 The bullpen has been a subject of much discussion and A’s reliever Sergio Romo has struggled as of late and had a blown save against the Angels on Sunday despite the A’s winning. Romo had a line of 1/3, three hits, two runs, one earned and threw ten pitches.

#3 Amaury, Romo is a Bay Area favorite is 1-1 ERA 4.42 and he’s had some trouble closing the door in games but with a strong finish to the regular season do you think he may have a shot at returning for 2022?

#4 In recognition of Hispanic Heritage month Sep 15-Oct 15 Romo appeared on NBC Bay Area regarding his Mexican Heritage saying his big moment in his pride of being of being of Mexican decent came in 2013 when he wore the Mexico uniform in the 2013 World Classic saying, “Seeing your name, your last name — my parent’s last name — my family’s last name, just understanding where, you know, where my family’s come from and to see it ‘there.’ ”

#5 Amaury, It’s game two of this four game series tonight at the Coliseum as the Mariners will start Marco Gonzalez (8-5 ERA 4.05) and the A’s will start Paul Blackburn (1-2 ERA 4.94) a 6:40 pm PDT

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead announcer for the Oakland A’s Spanish radio flagship station 1010 KIQI Le Grande San Francisco and does News and Commentary Tuesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

M’s 3 run third holds up in 4-2 win over A’s; Oakland two games back in Wild Card

Seattle Mariners Kyle Seager belts a two run double in the third inning against Oakland A’s starter Sean Manaea at T Mobile Field in Seattle on Mon Sep 20, 2021 in the first of a four game series (AP News photo)

Seattle 4 – 10 – 0

Oakland 2 – 7 – 0

By Lewis Rubman

Monday September 20, 2021

OAKLAND–Tonight, the A’s opened their current, final home stand of the 202 1 season, a skein of seven games against Seattle and Houston, knowing full well that each contest will be vital to their chances of surviving to play in the post season.

Fangraphs gives them a razor thin chance of 1.5% of seizing the division crown out of the faltering hands of the Atros. Their chances of winning the wild card game go up to 8.5%. (Houston’s chances are rated at 0.5, but that’s because the folks at Fangraphs don’t think that they’ll have to participate in that particular crap shoot). They’ve got a 10% shot at making the playoffs.

Oakland’s out of division rivals, the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Yankees all have better chances than Oakland of getting past the wild card stage, ranging from 28.9% for the Bronx Bombers to 88.8% for the Box, with Toronto at 70.6%. Seattle, going into the fray two games behind the green and gold, may well finish higher than the home town when all is said and done, but Fangraphs still gives them only a 0.8% shot at a necessary but not sufficient wild card win.

Tonight’s results, a. 4-2 win for the M´s, featured a masterly pitching performance by journey man starter Tyler Anderson and bought his team to within one game of A’s in the battle for second place in the AL West.

The Mariners opened the scoring in the top of the third. Tom Murphy hit Manaea’s first offering on the frame to the center field wall, where Starling Marte corralled it in front of the 400 foot marker for the first out. Dylan Moore, JP Crawford, and Ty France followed with sharply hit singles that brought Moore, the number nine batter, around to record the game’s first tally.

A 3-2 walk to Mitch Haniger clogged the basepaths with clean-up hitter Kyle Seager at the plate. He blasted a double to the Rickey Henderson Field sign in left center, driving in Crawford and France while Haniger advanced to third. Drawing strength from adversity, Manaea struck out Luis Torres and got Abraham Toro out on a fly to Canha in left. But the A’s southpaw had seen his pitch count jump from 23 at the end of the second inning to 57 when the Athletics returned to the dugout facing a three run deficit.

Oakland responded to the challenge in their half of the third with back to back doubles by Chad Pinder and Khris Davis, cutting Seattle’s lead to 3-1. Elvis Andrus’s sacrifice bunt to the mound moved Davis over to third, where he was stranded when Marte grounded out to short, making the A’s center fielder 0 for his last 17.

Haniger banged a 92 mph sinker off the Kaiser Permanente sign in right center with one down in the fifth for his second two bagger of the night. Seager’s line drive single to right center brought Haniger with the fourth Mariner run, but Pinder’s throw to Andrus caught the Seattle third sacker trying to stretch his hit into a double. Manaea then made a nice play, going to his right to snatch Luis Torrens’ bouncer and throw the DH out a first, but he didn’t come out to pitch the sixth. That task fell to Domingo Acvedo.

In his five innings of work, the A’s starter surrendered four runs, all earned, on eight hits and a walk. He struck out one Mariner and threw 86 pitches, 58 for strikes.

Acevedo pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a one out double to Crawford in the seventh but nothing else. Sam Moll, recalled yesterday from Las Vegas, replaced him for the eighth.

After throwing seven innings of one run, four hit ball, Anderson was replaced by Diego. Castillo. Seattle’s starter struck out seven and walked one. 66 of his 91 pitches were strikes. The single tally he allowed was earned.

Castillo got Jed Lowrie, hitting for Davis, out on a fly to center, Andrus and Harrison delivered back to back singles to right, and Marte, breaking an 0 for 18 slump, singled the former home while the latter stopped at second. That ended Castillo’s brief outing and brought Paul Sewald into the game to pitch to Olson.

Home plate umpire Rob Drake called him out on an 0-2 slider, much to the displeasure of many of the 4,068 fans in attendance. He then got Chapman out, swinging and missing on an 0-2 93 mph four seamer.

Deolis Guerra came on for the ninth, hoping to keep the score at 4-2 and give Oakland a reasonable chance of a ninth inning comeback. He set the M’s down in order.

Sewald stayed in the game to face Tony Kemp, pinch hitfor Gomes. He flew out to right. Next in line was Canha, who popped out to first. Seth Brown batted for Pinder who took a called third strike over the outside corner.

Anderson got the well earned win, bringing his record to 7-9, 4.01. Manaea took the loss and now stands at 10-10, 4.05. Sewald earned his ninth save of the year.

The A’s will try to resume their winning ways Tuesday at 6:40, with Paul Blackburn (1-2,4.94) taking the mound against Marco González (8-5,4,95).

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: Jefferies out with elbow injury; Bassitt mending very well

Oakland A’s pitcher Daulton Jefferies has been sidelined with right elbow irritation and has been placed on the Injured List as of Sat Sep 18, 2021 (file photo San Francisco Chronicle)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara, you have discussed many times on the program about the pitching and bullpen issues of the A’s. The A’s just recently have shelved pitcher Daulton Jefferies with a right elbow injury ulnar neuritis. Jefferies was showing signs of improvement but was put on the IL on Saturday.

#2 A’s manager Bob Melvin said that Jefferies elbow started bothering him after his last pitching performance on Sep 12. Jefferies relieved against the Texas Rangers and went 3 1/3 innings. Melvin said that Jefferies injury didn’t have anything to do with a ligament but was nerve irritation.

#3 Jefferies was supposed to start Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim but was replaced by James Kaprielian who went six innings and gave up two hits and struck out five in the A’s 3-1 win. Kaprielian really saved the day as the A’s cut the lead in the AL Wild Card race down to two games.

#4 A’s starter Chris Bassitt continued his rehab throwing 30 pitches on Saturday mixing them up with fastballs and a mix of other pitches. Bassitt faced switch hitter Skye Bolt. Bassitt also got to throw between innings simulating warms ups. Melvin said “He looked really good out there today.”

#5 The Seattle Mariners are in Oakland tonight to face the A’s the Mariners starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (6-9 ERA 4.14) and the A’s will go with Sean Manaea (10-9 ERA 3.95) a 6:40 pm PDT at the Oakland Ring Central Coliseum.

Barbara does the Oakland A’s podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: If state stops Coliseum sale with county will that also change A’s from staying in Oakland? Powerful Yankees to face A’s tonight

Jerry takes a look at the Oakland A’s pitching rotation A’s starter Cole Irvin got knocked out of the box after three innings, seven hits, and three earned runs on Tue Aug 24, 2021 facing the Seattle Mariners at the Oakland Ring Central Coliseum (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 If the State says the sale of the Coliseum property is not legal and the deal for some further reason can not continue that also could put a monkey wrench in the A’s plans in their business model to use the Coliseum property.

#2 Jerry how relieved or glad does A’s manager Bob Melvin and the A’s happy to be to get a day off on Wednesday after have some rough series against the Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, and Seattle Mariners this past week.

#3 The A’s going into the series with the New York Yankees have lost eight of their last ten games after going so well before the All Star break the month of August just simply fell apart for the A’s

#4 Jerry talk about the starting rotation for the A’s Chris Bassitt, James Kaprielian, Sean Manaea, Cole Irvin, and Frankie Montas it seems that after Bassitt got hit in the cheek with that line drive in Chicago things have really gone south for Oakland.

#5 They’re unstoppable and they come to Oakland with an 11 game win streak the Yankees have surpassed the Boston Red Sox and A’s in the AL Wild Card standings and lead them both by two games and with the A’s struggling the Yankees have the upper odds to take this four game series.

#6 Jerry, talk about tonight’s match up for the Yankees Jameson Taillon (8-4 ERA 3.94) and for the A’s James Kaprielian (7-4 ERA 3.25). For Kaprielian and the A’s every game now are must games to stay alive for any chance at the post season.

Join Jerry for the A’s podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

A’s fall again swept in two game series by Mariners 5-1

Seattle Mariners Abraham Toro (13) gets congratulated by teammate Kyle Seagar (15) after both scored on a Luis Torrens two run single in the top of the third inning that proved to be the gamer as the Mariners sweep the Oakland A’s on Tue Aug 24, 2021 at the Oakland Coliseum (AP News photo)

Seattle 5 – 11 – 1

Oakland 1 – 8 – 0

By Lewis Rubman

Tuesday August 24, 2021

OAKLAND–Things haven’t looked-or at least felt-this dismal for the Oakland A’s (70-57) since they began the season with six straight losses against the Astros and Dodgers. Objectively, the team isn’t out of contention. After all, today is the first time since April 16 that the A’s haven’t occupied a play off qualifying position in the standings chart. But three straight blown late inning leads are not the stuff championship dreams are made of. The A’s took another dive again losing their eighth out of ten games this time to the Seattle Mariners (69-58) 5-1.

Oakland came out of the chute strong. After Mark Canha led off by lining out to first, Starling Marte, Matt Olson, and Mitch Moreland, playing first and leaving DH duty to Matt Olson, jumped all over Mariner starter Chris Flexen (10-5, 3.65 going into the game) with singles, each to a different outfielder, to put the home team up, 1-0. But Josh Harrison flew out to left, and Matt Chapman, back in the line up, struck out swinging.

One run leads have not been particularly encouraging to Oakland fans these days, and this one didn’t last long. With one out in the second, Cole Irvin, who brought a 9-11, 3.57 record with him to the mound at game time, surendered a double to Luis Torrens, followed by singles to Tom Murphy and Jarred Kelenic, and, just like that, the teams were tied at one.

It didn’t stay that way long. An Andrus to Harrison to Moreland 6-4-3 double play wiped out Haniger’s lead off walk in the Seattle third. Undaunted, Kyle Seager singled to right, and Abraham Torro lashed a line drive that hit the right field fence on a one hop for double, with Seager going to third.

DH Luis Torrens brought both of them home with a clean single to right. When Tom Murphy, the M’s catcher, walked on a 3-2 count, the work day began early in the Oakland bull pen. But Irvin settled down enough to retire Jarred Kalenic on a ground out to Harrison, leaving the visitors’ advantage at 3-1.

Nonetheless, Deolis Guerra came out of the pen to start the fourth. The three runs Irvin had allowed were all earned; they came on seven hits and two walks. He threw 66 pitches during his brief tenure on the mound; 40 of them counted as strikes. After the game, Bob Melvin said that he had removed his starter as a precautionary measure involving a hip issue.

Guerra stayed in the game for three innings, over which he struck out five Mariners while walking only one. That was the only base runner he allowed. Of his 48 pitcches, 32 were in the strike column. AJ Puk took over for him to start the seventh.

After the A’s took their early and short lived lead in the first, it took them until there were two outs in the bottom of the seventh to get another runner as far as second base. The runner was Elvis Andrus, whose curving line drive landed just inside the left field foul line before bouncing into the corner while the A’s shortstop cruised to second.

Flexen then walked Canha, and that completed the day’s chores for the Seattle starter. Marte swung on Drew Streckenrider’s first offering and flew out to Haniger in right.

Flexen’s line was 6-2/3 innings of one run ball. That run was earned. He allowed six hits and one walk and hit one batter while striking out five. His pitch count was 105, including 66 strikes. When the dust settled, he was the winning pitcher, with a record of 11-5, 3.54.

Puk shut the Mariners out in the seventh but, after striking out Toro and Torrens to open the next frame, gave up a single to the weak hitting Tom Murphy, an RBI to the even weaker hitting Jarrede Kelenic, and an RBI single to the non threatening Dylan Moore.

After that, Yusmeiro Petit, making his 500th big league appearance, induced an inning ending fly out to center from Crawford. When the Mariners came up in the top of the ninth, still leading 3-1, Burch Smith was on the bump. Two line drives and a fly ball to center field later, he was back in the dugout as the A’s took their last licks against Streckenrider.

Chapman and Kemp went down meekly, a strike out and fly to left center, respectively. But Sean Murphy kept a flicker of hope alive for the downtrodden Athletics by lacing a double down the left field line. Andrus’ ground out to short stranded him there.

Irvin was charged with the loss, and his record now stands at 9-12, 3.68. The save went to Streckenrider, his sixth

Oakland dropped to four games behind Houston, who will play Kansas City tonight, in the division race. Seattle trails the A’s by a single game. The Athletics will have a day off tomorrow before opening a four game series against the Yankees. Thursday’s starters the Yankees will go with Jameson Taillon (8-4 ERA 3.94) for the A’s James Kaprielian (7-4, 3.25) to start the first game of that series a 6:40 first pitch at the Oakland Coliseum.

M’s comeback rally in 9th for 5-3 win; A’s drop seventh out of ten games

The Seattle Mariners Jake Bauers points the way to victory hitting a two run single in the top of the ninth as the Mariners get a three run rally past the Oakland A’s at the Oakland Coliseum (AP News photo)

Seattle 5 – 10 – 1

Oakland 3 – 6 – 0

By Lewis Rubman

Monday August 23, 2021

OAKLAND–After two consecutive days of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, just how dire are the straits the Oakland A’s (70-56) find themselves in? Let’s look at what the statistically informed folks at fangraphs have to say on the topic.

They give the Athletics a 7.4% chance of winning the AL West pennant and a 23.2% chance of securing a wild card berth. That figure jumps to a 30.6% chance of getting into the playoffs and falls to 8% and 3.4% forsurviving the division and championship series, respectively before dropping to a 1.6% shot at taking the World Series.

By contrast, fangraphs gives the Rays, Yankees, White Sox, and Astros at least a 96% chance of winning the AL playoffs. They figure that the White Sox are 99.9% sure of making the playoffs.

So the situation’s not hopeless, but let’s enjoy the A’s games, rejoycing and suffering with the green and gold without making any plans for October.

Tonight’s contest between Oakland and the Seattle Mariners (68-58), who, with the wind at their back have won nine of their last 13 games and came into the Coliseum only three games behind the Athletics in the race for second place in the AL West, was a hard fought struggle that the visitors ended up winning, 5-3. In spite of the stirring end to the game, it seemed a rather humdrum affair after the frenzy of the weekend epic battles between Oakland and San Francisco.

The attendance was 4,140. The Athletics sent Paul Blackburn to the mound, making his second appearance of the season. His first came on August 18, the day he was called up from Las Vegas and resulted in a 3-2 loss to the White Sox in Chicago, where the A’s righty allowed three runs, all earned, and five hits in only five and a third innings of work.

Seattle’s starter, southpaw Marco Gonazales, brought a four decision winning streak and a 5-5, 4.10) record with him. Matt Chapman was a last minute scratch, owing to a left foot contusion he suffered against the Giants Sunday afternoon. Josh Harrison played third and batted sixth in his stead.

The A’s ran off to a 1-0 advantage in the first, with Mark Canha and Matt Olson executing a one out double steal that led to the former’s scoring on Yan Gomes’s ground out to second. Gomes exended the home team’s lead with a solo home run with one out in the fourth. It was his 12th round tripper of the year and third as an Athletic. It travelled 398 feet into the left field seats and came on a 79 mph change up.

Mitch Haniger wiped that lead off the board in the top of the sixth. After JP Crawford singled to center on a full count to open the frame, Seattle’s DH blasted a 79 mph curve by Blackburn into the left field seats for his 29th dinger of the year, knotting the score at two all.

After retiring Kyle Seger and the red hot Ty France, Blackburn retired for the evening, giving way to Andrew Chafin, who had been bady burned in Saturday afternoon’s heart breaking loss to the Giants. Blackburn’s numbers for tonight indicated a compitent, though not excellent, performance.

He allowed two runs, both earned, in 5-2/3 innnings, allowing five hits but not walking anyone although he uncorked a wild pitch. The threw 85 pitches; 30 were balls. Chafin allowed a full count swinging bunt single to the streaking Abraham Toro before getting Jake Fraley out on a grounder to second.

Oakland pulled ahead in the bottom of the sixth, even though they wasted an opportunity when Marte unwisely tried to extend a one out single to right and got thrown out at second by Jake Bauers . One pitch later, Olson deposited his 32nd home run of the year over the right center field fence.

Gonzales didn’t come out for the home seventh. In his six inning stint, he gave up three runs, all earned, on five hits and, like Blackburn, no walks. He struck out two, and of his 90 pitches, 59 were strikes. His replacement, Erik Swanson surrendered a lead off two bagger to Lowrie. Swanson retired Harrison, Seth Brown, pinch hitting for Pinder, and Sean Murphy to end the threat.

Sergio Romo took over mound duties for Oakand, facing the top of the Mariner line up to start the eighth. He set them down in order, striking out Crawford and Haniger before Marte caught Seager’s fly on the warning track in center.

Seattle brought on Anthonhy Misiewicz to hold the margin between the M´s and the A´s to a single run in the home half of the eighth. He accomplished this in spite of Canha´s reaching first on a throwing error by third baseman Seager. What saved him was the 4-6-3 pitcher’s best friend Olson hit into.

Lou Trivino entered the game in the top of the ninth, looking for the 22nd save that had eluded him Saturday. It eluded him again tonight when Ty France took him deep with a 394 foot home run to right center, his 16th round tripper of the year and tying the score.

The equally torrid Toro followed that with a single to center and advanced to third on Fraley’s resounding double off the left centerfield wall. Trivino came back and struck out Jarred Kalenic and Cal Raleigh, both of them swinging.

But, with the count 2-2 on the ninth place batter, Jake Bauers,. who two innings earlier had thrown Marte out at second, lined a two run producing single to left, lending Trivino’s fruitless labors of the night and brining on Deolis Guerra, who closed out the inning

Paul Sewald, who saved Seattle’s come from behind victory last night in Houston by striking out three Astros with the bases loaded in the tenth, pitched the bottom of the ninth for the M’s. He struck out only one Athletic, Harrison, to end the game and earn his 11th save.

Misiewicz got the win, his fourth against four defeats. His ERA stands at 4.08. Trivino took the loss and was charged with a blown save.

Bleary eyed and bushed, the two teams will meet Tuesday afternoon at 12:37. It will be Cole Irvin (9-11, 3.57) on the mound for the boys from the bay and Chris Flexen for the squad from the sound.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Is crime in Oakland another factor A’s want to leave so anxiously? Sen Boxer robbed at Jack London Sq

On That’s Amaury’s Podcast:

#1 In the latest in a series of robberies, shootings, and mugging in Oakland former California Senator Barbara Boxer 80, was robbed of her cell phone and she was pushed and the phone was taken. The suspect ran off and Sen Boxer was not seriously injured there is a $2,000 reward for the suspect. The crime took place near the location where the Oakland A’s want to build their new ballpark Jack London Square.

#2 After last week’s City Council vote in Oakland that voted 6-1 to support the A’s for a new ballpark but didn’t meet the A’s request for more infrastructure A’s president David Kaval who was in the greater Las Vegas and South Nevada area looking for a location for a new A’s stadium is well aware of the crime in downtown and Chinatown Oakland could that be also a added factor to leave town?

#3 Tonight the Oakland A’s are in San Diego to battle the San Diego Padres in a two game series. A’s starter James Kaprielian gets the call for tonight’s game. This will be Kaprielian’s 12th start and has 68 innings under his belt. Kaprielian is 5-3 with a 2.65 ERA he’s had some good outings.

#4 The A’s added pitcher Andrew Chafin to the bullpen strengthening the bullpen Chafin comes from the Chicago Cubs with two minor league prospects. Chafin is (0-2 ERA 2.06).

#5 Amaury, A’s reliever JB Wendelken relieved for the second time since the All Star break. Wendelken pitched 1 2/3 innings against Seattle on Sunday. A’s manager Bob Melvin says that Wendelken is coming off an injury and their trying to find spots for him to come in and releive.

#6 Amaury after the A’s lost three out of four games in Seattle how important was it for the club to have Monday off in getting prepared for their two game series in San Diego.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead Spanish play by play voice for the Oakland A’s flagship station at 1010 KIQI LeGrande San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s preview: A’s open two game set in San Diego; A’s take an interest in Rangers’ Gallo

A number of clubs have taken an interest in Texas Rangers Joey Gallo, the New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland A’s so far have all stepped up to the plate in the Gallo Sweepstakes (file photo USA Today)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s continued to flounder as they lost three of the four games played against the Settle Mariners this past weekend. The A’ continued to fail to get clutch hits with runners in scoring position. Since June 18th, the A’s are 13-18. Yes, they are playing a lot of one-run games.

Yes, they have had chances to win. Yet, they fail to come through. On June 18th, the A’s were in first place in the AL West. They are now 5 and 1/2 games behind the Houston Astros. They led the Seattle Mariners by 3 and 1/2 games in the second AL Wild Card race.

That was before the weekend series. They now lead the Mariners by 1 and 1/2 games. They have lost seven of the last ten series played. They won two and split one with the Texas Rangers. The only team in the AL West that they can beat has been the LA Angels. The Astros, Rangers, and Mariners all have a winning record against Oakland.

The A’s missed the boat by not trading for Nelson Cruz. Tampa Bay sent two prospects to Minnesota for the slugger. Oakland could have worked out a deal. The A’s have not gotten the production they hoped for from the two guys in right field.

Mitch Moreland has been on the 10-day IL twice. Moreland has hit seven dingers and driven in 24. The A’s are rumored to be interested in acquiring Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers. The New York Yankees are also interested in trading for Gallo. Maybe Billy Beane and David Forst probably would go after Khris Davis. He is available.

The A’s are on their way to San Diego to play two against the San Diego Padres. The Padres are in third place in the NL West. They trail the San Francisco Giants by 5 and 1/2 games and are 3 and 1/2 games behind the LA Dodgers in the Wild Card Chase.

The Padres made several moves over the off-season to bolster their starting pitching. They acquired Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs and Blake Snell, a former Cy Young Award winner, from the Tampa Bay Rays. Their general manager, A.J. Preller, engineered a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates to acquire second baseman/ outfielder Adam Frazier for three prospects. The deal hasn’t been finalized but is expected to be announced soon. Preller is working on a deal to get pitcher Jose Berrios from the Minnesota Twins.

The Padres have not announced their starters for the series with the A’s. Chris Paddack (6-6, ERA 5.17) last pitched on July 21st, and his next turn would appear to be against the A’s. Lefty Blake Snell (4-3, ERA 4.93) would go on Wednesday. Oakland will send James Kaprielian to the mound Tuesday night. Kaprielian is 5-3, and his ERA is 2.53. Lefty Sean Manaea (7-6, ERA 3.16) will pitch for the A’s Wednesday afternoon.

The A’s pitchers will have their work cut out for them against a very potent San Diego offense. They have two guys on the left side of the infield that can hammer the baseball. Third baseman Manny Machado, in his tenth season, is hitting .275 with 17 homers and 68 RBIs.

Machado has hit 240 homers so far in his career. At shortstop, the Padres have the 2-year-old phenom, Fernando Tatis, Jr. The young man from the Dominican Republic is hitting .289 with 30 home runs and has 67 RBIs.

Eric Hosmer will be at first base for the Pads. Hosmer owns a .266 batting average, and he has hit eight dingers in driven in 48. Second baseman Jake Cronenworth is hitting a solid .275. Jake has hit 13 big flies out of the park and knocked in 24 mates.

The Padres have four players they use quite a bit in the outfield. Tommy Phan will probably start in leftfield. Pham is batting .260 and has hit 13 dingers. Trent Grisham will patrol centerfield. Grisham is at .262, 11 homers, and 39 RBIs. Will Myers (.254, 12 homers, 45 RBIs) will be in right. Jurickson Profar, who was an Oakland Athletic in 2019, will be the backup outfielder.

The Padre bullpen is solid. Their closer, the veteran Mark Melancon has been solid all year. Melancon has recorded 30 saves so far this year. Two former A’s are in the Padre pen. Emilio Pagan, who was with Oakland in2018, and Drew Pomerantz, a starter for Oakland in 2014 and 2025, have done well for the Padres. Other relievers that will see action include left Tim Hill, righties Craig Stammen, Austin Adams, Pierce Johnson, and Nabil Crismatt.

Since the game is being played in a National League Park, the A’s will be without the designated hitter. The A’s will have to figure out a way to put runs on the board. Since resuming play after the All-Star break, Oakland has put slightly more than three runs per game on the board.

After the two-game set with the Padres, the A’s play four against the Angels. The A’s have had their way against LA so far. However, the Angels would love to turn the tables on their foes from the Bay area. After the Angel series, the A’s return home to play two more against the Padres.

The Texas Rangers, in last place in the AL West, will play three more in Oakland. They have not been kind to the A’s this year. The A’s then go on the road to play three in Cleveland, three more with Texas, and four against the Central Division leaders, the Chicago White Sox. After that trip, the A’s host the San Francisco Giants for three, the Mariners for two, and the Yankees for four more games.

The A’s do not have an easy road to the playoffs. They need help to strengthen the offense. Lou Trivino has done a reasonably good job as the closer. Lefty Jake Diekman has had some control issues. Diekman has not been as effective as he was last year. Sergio Romo has regained his form and has been quite a surprise. Yusmeiro Petit has also done a good job.

It will be interesting to see if the A’s get active before the July 30th trade deadline. They need to upgrade the offense. First baseman Matt Olson is the A’s most valuable player. The big guy is hitting .287 to go along with 27 home runs and 66 RBIs. Mark Canha, Jed Lowrie, and Tony Kemp are the only other hitters above the .250 mark. Seth Brown is at .201, Stephen Piscotty at .205, Sean Murphy .212, Matt Chapman .218.

Hopefully, the A’s can get the offense going. If they don’t, they may not make the playoffs. Let’s hope they can make a couple of deals and they get back on the winning track.

A’s drop another game to Mariners 5-4

Seattle Mariners’ Mitch Haniger (17) does the forearm bash with Jake Bauers, center, after Haniger hit a two-run home run to score Bauers in the fifth inning on Sat Jul 24, 2021 at T Mobile in Seattle (AP News photo)

A’s Drop Another Game to the Mariners 5-4

By Barbara Mason

After splitting the first two games of the series the Oakland A’s and the Seattle Mariners met Saturday night in Game Three at T-Mobile Park.

Oakland had a very good game until the seventh inning of yesterday’s game. A horrible relief appearance by Jake Diekman throwing back to back wild pitches resulting in the winning run was the low light for Oakland. In the game there were 5 wild pitches thrown and three of them belonged to Diekman. The A’s had fallen behind in this game 3-0 but tied up the game. It was the seventh inning that spelled the difference.

In Game Three the A’s had their ace Chris Bassitt on the mound and Seattle called upon Logan Gilbert. Seattle took the early lead in the first inning when Mitch Haniger scored.

Oakland started stringing together hits in the third inning. Andrus, Kemp, Lowry and Laureano all had singles in the inning taking a 3-1 lead. There was a pitching change for Seattle in the latter part of the inning with JT Chargois taking over and getting the Mariners out of the inning. In the bottom of the third Mitch Haniger unleashed a 402 feet home run cutting the A’s lead to 3-2.

In the bottom of the fifth inning Seattle’s Mitch Haniger struck again hitting his second home run of the game giving Seattle the lead 4-3. In the seventh inning Aramis Garcis would tie up the game with a 336ft home run.

The score remained 4-4 into the bottom of the ninth inning. Lou Trivino loaded the bases in the inning. He walked two and allowed one hit and again a wild pitch allowed the winning run to score the walk off for the Mariners.

It was more trouble for the bullpen. Another loss for Oakland when relief pitching let the team down.

Tomorrow the A’s play their fourth and final game of this series attempting to tie up the series. They will need improved play from the bullpen to pull this off.

First pitch tomorrow is scheduled for 1:10 PT. We will see Cole Irvin on the mound for Oakland and for Seattle Marco Gonzales will get the call.

M’s grab second inning lead as A’s lose one run game to M’s 4-3

Seattle Mariners’ Cal Raleigh, right, gets a forearm bash by Luis Torrens (22) as Raleigh comes home to score after hitting a two run homer against the Oakland A’s in the second inning at T Mobile Field in Seattle on Fri Jul 23, 2021 (AP News photo)

Oakland Loses Game Two To Seatle 4-3

By Barbara Mason

Friday evening the Oakland A’s (56-43) and the Seattle Mariners (52-46) clashed in Game Two of the series. Thursday’s game saw a slow start for both teams offensively but Oakland’s Sean Manaea had a spectacular game on the mound with a record 13 strikeouts in seven innings. This was probably his best outing this season which is saying a lot. He has been very good this season.

Ramon Laureano drove in two runs in the 4-1 win against the Mariners. For awhile it looked as if the A’s would win the game without a single home run but in the seventh inning Sean Murphy hit one out of the park. Mark Canha had a couple of hits after the long layoff due to injury. He got back on task in record time.

Friday night the teams were back at it with Oakland looking for another win. On the mound for Oakland was Frankie Montas and for Seattle Yusei Kikuchi.

It was a rough second inning for Montas. Seattle’s Cal Raleigh homered with a runner on base to take an early 2-0 lead. The very next at bat was Luis Torrens who sent one out of the park and just like that the Mariners were cruising with a 3-0 lead. The next three batters struck out swinging to end a very costly inning for the A’s as the M’s made it stand up for a 4-3 win at T Mobile Field in Seattle.

Oakland has been very good on the road and this visit to Seattle was no exception. In the third inning Matt Chapman homered and not to be outdone Matt Olson homered in the fourth inning. Mark Canha continued his offensive excellence hitting a double in the fifth inning to score Wilson and the A’s had tied up this game 3-3.

Oakland had a great opportunity in the seventh inning when they loaded the bases but Elvis Andrus struck out to put an end to taking the lead in this game for the moment. The A’s are leaving the bases loaded and coming up empty far to often this season.

Diekman came in to relieve Montas in the seventh inning. It was an absolute disaster. Two stolen bases and two wild pitches by Diekman resulted in a run for Seattle by Dylan Moore who easily scored on one of those pitches. Seattle had taken back the lead 4-3. Diekman threw a third wild pitch in the inning. The A’s finally got out of the seventh but had some work to do if they wanted to win this game. The Astros had won earlier and Oakland needed this win to keep pace with Houston.

Seattle really put on the pressure in the eighth inning with runners on first and second and only one out. Petit had come in to relieve Diekman. Another wild pitch and a tough night for Sean Murphy. There were five wild pitches in this game for the A’s. Oakland got out of the eighth inning unscathed and had one more shot in the ninth inning.

An uneventful ninth inning for the A’s resulted in a Seattle win 4-3. Murphy flied out, Chapman walked, Brown struck out and Kemp also struck out. Game over.

So the loaded bases in the seventh inning came back to bite Oakland big time and coupled with the horrific seventh inning this game was one to forget.

Oakland will try to put this behind them and get back on track in Game Three. First pitch will again be at 7:10.